As the restive Swat valley continues its struggle back to normalcy after a decade long atrocious rule of the Taliban, Italian Archeologist Luca Olivieri Is back with his usual aplomb and from what one gathers from his sturdy disposition, is undoubtedly a “Man on a Mission”. The Taliban Rule led by Maulana Fazl-Ullah and his comrades not only ripped through the social […]

The Pakistan climbing season has already kicked off as the “Killer Mountain” swings back in action with no fewer than two climbing teams working on two different faces. Being world’s ninth highest and second deadliest mountain in the world, Nanga Parbat soars to an unfathomable height of 8,125m above sea level and marks the culmination of the Western off-shoot

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This is with reference to a news report carried on June 9. It is going to give a rude shock to the people of Chitral. The last time they got one was when the government declared Sharia in Chitral when Sufi Mohammad asked for it in Swat. The report mercifully mentions ‘ambassadors, diplomats, international NGOs’ when describing a ‘foreigner’

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​For the many city dwellers like us, the late arrival of Mangoes in the current season might have gone unnoticed, but the delay has had severe repurcussions on the exports. Being the second largest exported fruit in the country, Mango brings in a huge chunk of foreign exchange in the Government exchequer and the crop for this summer

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Disabilities may be a matter of concern for some who go through the various discrepancies in life in attempts to coup with the disadvantages and discrimination. For Swede Anneli Wester, her handicap of living with just four fingers on the right hand have given a new meaning to life. After spending a night at the top of Muztagh Atta, the

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Season is finally warming up for the summer expeditions in the rigid Karakorum as no less than two dozen expeditions and several renowned climbers are now heading to the mountainous region of the western Himalayas and Karakorum. As the Monsoon kicks in, the expeditions on the Everest, Dhaulagiri and Shishapangma will now be off-limits for the sturdy climbers for the

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After three weeks in the country, my father concluded that Pakistan is a  wonderful place, but it doesn’t make life very easy for the foreign traveler.  And I have to agree. I’ve fallen more heartily in love with Pakistan than I have anywhere else I’ve travelled so far (although Iran and Turkey offer stiff competition), but this

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